It’s almost New Year’s Eve and many are turning their thoughts to the year to come. Making resolutions has certainly gotten a bad rap over the years. I think a lot of people don’t even bother making them anymore, because it is almost impossible to stick with it. Instead of making resolutions on New Year’s, I do something else instead.

Reflect on the Year That Has Passed


This is the time of year when I take a look back at the year. For the first time in a year, you can see the big picture. Austin and I spend time the last week of December talking about the year we are leaving behind. Some years, we are kicking the year to the curb. We have had quite a few years that we kicked to the curb.

Make Goals For the Year to Come

If all we did to wrap up the year was say sayonara to the year we ended and stopped there, we would miss out on a major part of being married. It is important to make goals in life. Whether it is in your marriage, family, education, job, or some combination of all three.

We take time on New Year’s Eve to think of what we want to accomplish in the coming year. At the end of the year, we can look back and see if we made it the way we hoped to. Even at the end of bad years, we still accomplished our goals set up the year before.

Goals Are Different Than New Year’s Resolutions


There is a difference between a goal and a New Year’s Resolution. Probably the biggest difference between the two is the PR each has been given. New Year’s Resolutions have been turned into a list of Do’s and Don’t’s. Of course, people aren’t going to follow a list like that. You can read about Why You Fail When You Make New Year’s Resolutions.

Goals have been pushed in a different light. These are dreams that you feel motivated to work toward.

My Personal Goals For the Year

goals for 2015

I have a few personal goals that I’m working toward this year. Some are similar to what I accomplished last year.

First off, I plan to continue expanding this blog. My goal is to post more often. I am also working on more topics to discuss that pertain to marriage. I’m really excited about seeing this project grow.

In my writing business, I plan to pick up more clients and earn more income. As my children grow older, it is important that we make a bit more than we used to. The needs of children increase with age.

For my marriage, I am planning to grow even closer to Austin. With every passing year, we have grown deeper in love and intimacy.

With my children, I plan to work harder at building relationships. Since my oldest son will hit the double digits this summer, I need to do more intentional conversations. They are in school now, versus being homeschooled. It is important that I talk with them about subjects before their friends do.

Those are my goals for the year. What are your goals? I would love to hear about them. Feel free to leave me a message in the comment section below.

What I do Instead of Making New Year’s Resolutions
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